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THE

GEM OF THE PEAK ;

OR

MATLOCK BATH AND ITS VICINITY.

A TOUR
FROM DERBY TO MATLOCK; ;

EXCURSIONS

TO CHATSWORTH, HADDON, MONSAL DALE, DOVE DALE,

BUXTON AND CASTLETON,

HISTORICAL AND GEOLOGICAL;

A

BRIEF REVIEW OF THE GEOLOGY OF DERBYSHIRE;

CATALOGUE OF MINERALS AND ROCKS,

AND

OF THE FLORA OF THE HIGH AND LOW PEAK,

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BY W. ADAM,
Author of a Letter to the people of Matlock, &c.

“ That picturesque and interesting portion of our island, the Peak of Derbyshire, has long been an
object of attraction to our tourists and lovers of natural scenery: and its romantic hills, with their rugged
declivities ;---its expanded meadows, with limpid fishing streams winding through them, visited by
anglers of every generation, from the days of the venerable Izaak Walton, to those of the illustrious and
lamented author of the SALMONIA ;---its moors and woodlands, with the wild situation of the celebrated
Buxton ;---the secluded and remarkable ravine or picturesque dell of Matlock Baths ;---and the varied
beauty, in locality, of the ancient Saxon town of Bakewell,---with its fine old Norman Church, and the
tombs of the Vernons, its Roman bath and ancient intrenchments, situated on the Wye, and in the vale
of Haddon Hall:---form a combination of attractions to our countrymen not, we believe, to be found
within the same narrow boundaries in any other part of our island. What Switzerland, Scotland, and
other mountainous countries possess on a large scale, the Peak of Derbyshire contains in concentrated
miniature."...MIRROR.

LONDON:

LONGMAN & co., PASTERNOSTER ROW ;
W. AND W. PIKE, DERBY; MAWE, ROYAL MUSEUM, MATLOCK;
GOODWIN, BAKEWELL; MORE, LIBRARY, BUXTON; HOON,

ASHBORNE; AND DEARDEN, NOTTINGHAM.

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THE DUKE OF DEVONSHIRE.

MY LORD DUKE,

A work professing to describe the beautiful mountain scenery of the Peak with its magnificent Caves,—the remarkable position and singular prosperity of Buxton,—the romantic beauties of Matlock Bath,—the ancient and attractive remains of Haddon Hall—and your Grace's splendid “ Palace of the Peak” with its enrichments in Art and Science-can only with propriety be dedicated to your Grace; as all these, which form the chief and distinguishing features of the County, have received an accession of beauty and interest from the liberality, good taste and munificence of your Grace, and your Grace's Noble Ancestors. These consi. derations, as well as a deep feeling of gratitude for the great kindness with which your Grace has been pleased to favor me in the position which I hold at Matlock, induced me to solicit your Grace to Patronize the Work; and I can never forget the condescending manner in which that permission was granted, and trust, that on its perusal, it will be found that your Grace's patronage has not been misplaced.

I have the honor to be,
With profound respect,

My Lord Duke,
Your Grace's most devoted

and obedient Servant,

WILLIAM ADAM.

Matlock Bath,

April 14, 1838.

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